Scientists Name A Tiny Moth After Donald Trump

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Scientists Name A Tiny Moth After Donald Trump
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Over the last few years, several animal species have been named after the outgoing US President Barack Obama. Science magazine claims that Obama has received this honor more times than any other US President. He has a total of nine species named after him, including a bird and a fish. Now Obama’s successor Donald Trump has received this unique honor even before he takes oath as the 45th President of the United States.

Golden scales on the moth’s head resemble Trump’s hairdo

Canadian scientist Vazrick Nazari who discovered a new species of moth has named it after the new US President. The moth measures only 9 millimeters, and is found in southern California and Baja California. It is only the second species in a genus of relatively insignificant twirler moths. The other member of the genus being Neopalpa neonata.

The newly discovered species has been given the name Neopalpa donaldtrumpi after Trump. Nazari discovered it in a collection of specimens borrowed from the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology. Findings of the study were published in the journal ZooKeys earlier this week. So, why did Nazari name the minuscule creature after Donald Trump?

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